Town Opposes 'Hermaphrodite' Winnie the Pooh

Poland's Tuszyn won't name playground after character
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 22, 2014 10:32 AM CST

(Newser) – Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie the Pooh—because of the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing. The matter was debated in a closed-door meeting weeks ago in the central Polish town of Tuszyn, but didn't get much media attention in Poland until recent days. Voice recordings of the meeting were leaked to the media in which officials complained that Pooh Bear is immodestly dressed and also lacks a clear gender. One called the bear a "hermaphrodite." With the story now generating headlines, one opponent swears after the fact that he was joking, but, alas, there's still no Winnie the Pooh playground. (Read more Winnie the Pooh stories.)

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